Notes From The Program Director | Week of May 12th, 2023

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Notes From The Program Director

Week of May 12th 2023

Melissa Tamminga

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Hello, friends!

Toronto dumped rain during my stay there for the Hot Docs Film Festival, but while I hadn’t come prepared with rainboots, my soggy feet did not keep me from enjoying the loads of wonderful documentaries at the festival and connecting with filmmakers and industry folk. Just a few of my favorites at the festival include a warm and informative doc about the irresistible Joan Baez; a doc about an underdog soccer team in Sweden made-up of Kurdish refugees who beat the odds and climbed through divisions to national prominence; an equally heart-rending and inspiring doc about the young people in Hong Kong who defied a global superpower and started the recent Umbrella Revolution; a thrilling doc about a young Siksika woman who enters one of the most dangerous horse races in the world, the Indian Relay; and a moving film about the only medical doctor in the poorest county in Georgia, who gives her life and her inheritance to serve those who need healthcare.  Those are just a handful of the films I loved, and in our post-festival analysis, Jane Julian, my Doctober co-curator, and I are incredibly pleased to report that our potential Doctober line-up is beginning to take on definite shape. October will be here before we know it, so stay tuned for more Doctober news, especially towards late summer and early fall! 

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